What It’s Like to Write About Teens and Sex for 10 Years ￼
I’ve been blessed with many reasons to celebrate over the past year.
October 2021 marked my 20-year anniversary of leaving corporate America to follow my passion.
February 2022 marked my 20-year anniversary of teaching my first class in the schools.
And, now, June 29th, 2022 marks the 10-year anniversary of launching my blog and emailing my first post to my subscribers.
Whether you’ve been sticking with me for 10 years or 10 days, THANK YOU!
A Trip Down Memory Lane
Over the past 10 years, I’ve published 254 blog posts that have been read by people in close to 200 countries.
I’m not sure I ever imagined being able to have a global impact when I started, yet here we are.
Below are my three most shared blog posts in case you missed them or subscribed to my blog after they were originally published:
How I Talked a Teen Girl on Instagram Out of Having Sex Originally published on 12/1/18
5 Simple Words That Will Change Your Daughter’s Life Originally published on 4/15/19
Why Daughters Need Their Dads Originally published on 6/4/19
Over the summer, I plan to share more of my most popular posts. So, keep an eye out for them in your inbox.
How it Started vs. How it’s Going!
Check out the video below to hear what I shared in my very first blog post:
How have things changed since then?
Initially, I wrote my emails for anyone who had a heart for teens about issues all teens were experiencing.
My emails now are targeted to moms of teen girls (although they can also benefit dads of teen girls as well as parents of teen sons).
And my goal is to empower them to have the tough conversations with their teen daughters about love, sex, and relationships.
What else has changed?
It’s getting harder and harder for my emails to make it to the inboxes of subscribers because they often land in their Spam/Promotions folder.
The way email providers determine whether emails make it to everyone’s inbox is based on engagement.
If recipients aren’t engaging with the content, email providers question whether the email is spam and block it from being delivered.
What does engagement look like?
The more people click on the links, share the email on social media, and forward or reply to the email, the more emails will actually make it to my subscribers’ inboxes.
So, before deleting this email, please make sure you do one of the things above.
And continue to do the same with future emails so you don’t miss a single post of confidence-boosting, life-affirming, healthy choice-inspiring information you can share with your daughter.
Couldn’t Have Done It Without You!
As I was preparing to write this post, I went back to read some of the comments I’ve received from readers like you and I am overwhelmed by the responses.
Your feedback really does give me the fuel I need to continue to do what I do.
It’s great to know that…
You continue to read my emails even when your daughters are no longer teens…
“I started subscribing to your emails when my teen was 16 and she is now 21 about to graduate college and move to ATL!! Thanks for all you do! You are helping moms and stepmoms of young girls that have absolutely no idea how to navigate being a mom of young women facing the issues of social media etc.”
TRUTH is universal and my message also benefits mothers of sons…
“I have been receiving your emails for a while now. Can I just tell you that I absolutely love reading them! I am a mom of all boys; but truth is universal and so much of what you speak translates to raising young men as well.”
My content meets the needs of single fathers…
“I simply want to say THANK YOU. Continue serving and delivering wisdom. Single fathers like myself need YOU!”
Last, but certainly not least: I have invitations to dinner even in other countries… 🙂
“Should you ever come to Vancouver, Canada, please do let me know as I would love to have you over for dinner and a home-cooked Indian meal to thank you personally for the influence you have already had on my daughter.”
When I feel like quitting because I’m not sure you’re finding the content beneficial or if the emails are even being read, receiving responses like those above definitely motivate me to continue.
Readers like you are the reason why my blog is still going strong 10 years later.
Thank you again for all the times you’ve read, responded, and/or shared my blog posts with your daughter, family members, and friends!
I couldn’t have done it without your support.
P.S. There aren’t a lot of places parents of teen girls can go for information on how to educate, equip and empower their daughters to make wise choices when it comes to love, sex, and relationships that challenges the messages they’re bombarded with by the media and their peers. So, If you know a parent of a tween or teen daughter who would benefit from the tips and resources I share in my posts, please invite them to sign-up on my website.